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Tower Of Power

Product#: TOP300201|Released: 05/19/17

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The East Bay Archive, Volume I

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Tower's musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound." Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner.

After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.

Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.

Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and "Hipper Than Hip" a remastered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power.

New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages.

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Tower Of Power

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  • Dec 15,2017 Santa Clarita, CA College of the Canyons
  • Dec 16,2017 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club
  • Dec 17,2017 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
  • Dec 29,2017 Beverly, MA Cabot Theater
  • Dec 31,2017 Hatford, CT Infinity Hall New Year's Celebration
  • Jan 17,2018 Grand Rapids, Mi Forrest Hills Fine Arts Center
  • Jan 18,2018 Warrendale, PA Jergel's Rhythm Grill
  • Jan 19,2018 New York, NY BB King's Blues Club & Grill
  • Jan 31,2018 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
  • Mar 21,2018 Brampton, Canada The Rose Theater
  • Mar 22,2018 Burlington, Canada Burlington Performing Arts Center
  • Mar 23,2018 Markham, Canada Flato Markham Theater
  • Mar 24,2018 Oakville, Canada Oakville Center for the Performing Arts
  • Mar 25,2018 St. Catharines, Canada First Ontario Performing Arts Center